Top Al-Qaida Commander Dies in Lebanese Jail
A Senior Al-Qaida commander has died in detention in Lebanon.
A Lebanese woman whose son was killed at the Iranian embassy attack in Beirut last November, holds a placard shows a portrait of her son and other victims, as she attends a press conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. DNA tests confirmed that Majid al-Majid who is in Lebanese government custody is the alleged leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has conducted attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria's civil war, Lebanese authorities said Friday. Families of those killed in the embassy bombing demanded that al-Majid, who has not been charged in the attack, be tried in Lebanon and not be sent to his homeland. al-Majid died in custody in Lebanon on January 4, 2014.
Updated at 6:26 AM PDT on Saturday, Jan 4, 2014
A Lebanese army general says the leader of an Al-Qaida-linked group that has conducted attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria's civil war has died in custody in Lebanon.
The general says the detainee, Majid al-Majid, died on Saturday after suffering kidney failure. The general spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Al-Majid, a Saudi citizen was detained in Lebanon late last month and had been held at a secret location.
He was the purported commander of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and one of the 85 most-wanted individuals in his native Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. State Department designated the group a foreign terrorist organization in 2012, freezing any assets it holds in the United States and banning Americans from doing business with the group.
We will continue to monitor and provide updates to this story.
Published at 2:11 AM PDT on Jan 4, 2014
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